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What should I pay for an electric motor repair?

11/21/2019

You have a motor that failed and now you need a repair. How much is it going to cost to have it fixed? It seems like a pretty easy question, but the answer is a little more complex. 

Before any electric motor repair shop can give you an accurate estimate, they should have some questions of their own that have to be answered first. The only person who can answer these questions is you, so it is good to be prepared going into the call.

Here is what to expect when you make the "how much will this cost" call:

Should my motor repair vendor remove and install my motor?

05/31/2018

Every day industrial machinery is being taken offline and removed for repair, and after the work is complete reinstalled and put back into service. From the moment the decision is made to shut the unit down until power is reapplied there are a lot of decisions to be made, and in cases of unplanned downtime these decisions are usually made during some understandably stressful circumstances. Some facilities are fortunate enough to have millwrights on staff who are completely capable of safely removing electric motors and reinstalling them using best practices, but more and more we see plants that are short staffed and simply do not have the manpower to handle this aspect of the job themselves.  

Should Distance be a Factor in Determining an Electric Motor Repair Vendor?

09/14/2017

Does shorter travel time translate into longer equipment life?

 Maybe it does, but in order to answer this question we need to take a look at a few factors that can make the difference. Right down the road from your plant is XYZ Shop, you’ve been using them for years because they can respond quickly, and when you get the motor back, well… it works. You’ve sent this 100HP vertical to them five times over the past six years and every time it bolts right back in place and runs. You continue to send it over because, John knows my motor. At this point I’d agree. After having it in his shop five times he knows exactly what to do to make that motor run again. Here’s a thought, what if it’s the pump and not the motor that is the root cause of the failure? Does John ask the question about the driven equipment after seeing the same mode of failure over and over again? Or does it not matter because we’ve grown comfortable with XYZ Shop and they do a good job of getting the motor up and running again, even if it is every 14 months.

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